Archive for the ‘Wine Places’ Category

Sep 8, 2017

Napa Valley’s Appellations Are Near Meaningless

Richard Mendelson’s newish book, “Appellations Napa Valley” is a fantastic tome. Written in a personal, first person voice that reflects Mendelson’s vast experience with the development of the Valley’s various sub appellations as well as his obvious and genuine affinity for this part of the world, the coffee table-style book is a unique and necessary addition to the Napa Valley Wine bibliography. However, the subject of the book brings up an important question that has been asked before: Do Napa…

Jul 13, 2017

1966 Rock n Roll vs The Greatness of 2017 California Wine

In 1966 Bob Dylan Released Blonde On Blonde, the Beach Boys released Pet Sounds, and the Beatles released Revolver. It’s arguable that no three albums together had more influence on the history of Rock n Roll. And it all happened in one year. It was a seminal year for Rock n Roll and one we can look back on it and, again, make the case that it was the pinnacle of the Rock genre. I wonder if 2017 might, in…

May 15, 2017

SPIRITED: The Right Match for the Evolution of the Craft Revolution

Today, the silos that once kept the beer, wine, spirits and cider categories separate entities have been smashed to pieces. Not only do we see wineries making cider, brewers making cider, wineries making spirits and spirit producers making beer, we see them all borrowing from one another marketing concepts and branding ideas. And this is not just limited to the artisan or craft alcohol producers. As larger companies pick off craft producers of wine, beer, spirits, and cider, they too…

Mar 2, 2017

Time to Question the Weed & Wine Collaboration Scenario

Though in its infancy and surely with a long way to go before true legitimacy, the rising Cannabis industry appears to have its eyes set on becoming part of the artisan tourist industry that wineries invented and are far down the road to perfecting. One question that needs answering is this: Does the wine industry need the cannabis industry or does the cannabis industry need the wine industry? This is just one of the questions that will be explored at the…

Jan 12, 2017

Wine Stuff I’m looking forward to in 2017

The 2015 Pinots From Oregon An extremely early vintage that should be fascinating to taste. I’m looking forward to an array of differently styled Pinots from Oregon that should be hitting he market this year. The “Is the Natural Wine Fad Over Yet?” Stories We are about on schedule for many consumers and those in the wine media and wine trade to start asking out loud, “is this ‘Natural Wine’ fad finally done with?’ ” When the stories do come,…